Grants Database

The Foundation awards approximately 200 grants per year (excluding the Sloan Research Fellowships), totaling roughly $80 million dollars in annual commitments in support of research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. This database contains grants for currently operating programs going back to 2008. For grants from prior years and for now-completed programs, see the annual reports section of this website.

Grants Database

Grantee
Amount
City
Year
  • grantee: Emory University
    amount: $10,165
    city: Atlanta, GA
    year: 2015

    To conduct planning activities to organize a multidisciplinary workshop on the microbiology of legionella in the built environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Ruth Berkelman

    To conduct planning activities to organize a multidisciplinary workshop on the microbiology of legionella in the built environment

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  • grantee: New York Academy of Sciences
    amount: $12,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To support dissemination of the proceedings of a conference entitled "Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome"

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Brooke Grindlinger

    To support dissemination of the proceedings of a conference entitled "Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome"

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  • grantee: Yale University
    amount: $256,641
    city: New Haven, CT
    year: 2015

    To conduct a pilot study to determine how microbial and chemical emissions from commercial air conditioners impact the microbiome of occupied spaces

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jordan Peccia

    Air conditioning (AC) systems cool and dehumidify air. The process deposits moisture on the cooling coils, creating an environment conducive to microbial growth. We know very little, however, about the microbes that grow on AC units or how these microbes affect and interact with the microbial populations of the buildings they cool. This grant supports Jordan Peccia, associate professor of environmental engineering at Yale, who will lead a multidisciplinary team in a pilot study examining how the microbial and chemical emissions of commercial air conditioning units impact the microbiome of occupied spaces. Over two years, Peccia and his team will characterize the bacterial and fungal communities present on the cooling coil surfaces of commercial air conditioners, estimate the microbial volatile organic compound (MVOC) emission rates from commercial AC units, and quantify the influence that AC emissions have on the indoor air and surface microbiome of occupied spaces. The team will initially sample 40 different commercial air conditioning units and use these samples to examine how microbial population structure is affected by a host of environmental variables, including outdoor climate, coil moisture, and coil temperature. They will then measure AC microbial emission rates and the characteristics of emitted microbes to study how these correlate with the surface and air microbiome composition in the buildings these units cool.

    To conduct a pilot study to determine how microbial and chemical emissions from commercial air conditioners impact the microbiome of occupied spaces

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  • grantee: University of Aberdeen Foundation, Inc.
    amount: $335,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To improve representation of the built environment fungi in the UNITE, an open access database for molecular identification of fungi

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Andrew Taylor

    This grant supports an initiative by Andy Taylor at the University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with Urmas Kхljalg at the University of Tartu in Estonia, that aims to significantly expand the UNITE database, a key resource used by mycologists in the genomic identification of fungi. The UNITE database contains genetic sequences of known fungi, which allows researchers to identify unknown fungi collected at field sites by matching the genetic sequences of collected samples to the master samples in the database. Unfortunately, the UNITE database lacks reliable standard sequence data on many of the fungi commonly found in indoor and built environments, which deprives researchers working on the microbiology of the built environment of a powerful tool for taxonomic identification. Over the next two years, Taylor and Kхljalg will target and sequence previously unsequenced fungal strains relevant to human and built environments, hold two sequence annotation workshops that aim to improve the quality of available sequence data, and develop metadata standards and protocols that will enable better inter-database comparison of collected fungal data.

    To improve representation of the built environment fungi in the UNITE, an open access database for molecular identification of fungi

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  • grantee: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    amount: $49,724
    city: Piscataway, NJ
    year: 2015

    To determine how commonly emitted fungal Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) influence the growth and metabolism of other microbes in a shared indoor environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Joan Bennett

    To determine how commonly emitted fungal Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) influence the growth and metabolism of other microbes in a shared indoor environment

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $99,613
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To examine the microbial profiles of Amerindian homes in isolated settings with and without mestizo influence

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Maria Dominguez-Bello

    To examine the microbial profiles of Amerindian homes in isolated settings with and without mestizo influence

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  • grantee: The University of Chicago
    amount: $80,000
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2015

    To organize a workshop of early career researchers studying the microbiology of the built environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jack Gilbert

    To organize a workshop of early career researchers studying the microbiology of the built environment

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  • grantee: University of California, Davis
    amount: $997,485
    city: Davis, CA
    year: 2015

    To provide renewed support for the Microbiology of the Built Environment Network

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jonathan Eisen

    Funds from this three-year grant support efforts by Jonathan Eisen at the University of California, Davis to provide key intellectual infrastructure support and services to the growing multidisciplinary community of researchers working in indoor microbial ecology. Through the Microbiology of the Built Environment network (microBE.net) Eisen organizes meetings and workshops, provides a hub for resource and information sharing, disseminates results and funding opportunities, aids in the dissemination of data collection and analysis standards and protocols, and helps bridge disciplinary boundaries by connecting researchers in biology, informatics, architecture, and the building sciences. Over the next three years, Eisen will continue the work of microBE.net, providing additional resources to the MoBE community in six thematic areas:  antimicrobials in the BE; nonhumans in the BE; extreme BEs; BE water systems; technical needs for the MoBE field; and general MoBE interests. Activities targeting each theme will include web development, meeting and workshop organization, social media, pilot research projects, creation and curation of open textbooks, development of a community-driven genome sequencing program, writing of scholarly articles on research and tool development, and continued development of the microBEnet blog with further recruitment of MoBE scholars to contribute to the development of modules for MoBE educational activities (e.g., college courses).

    To provide renewed support for the Microbiology of the Built Environment Network

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  • grantee: University of Oregon
    amount: $1,375,000
    city: Eugene, OR
    year: 2015

    To provide renewed support to the Biology and the Built Environment Center

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Kevin Wymelenberg

    This grant provides two years of continued support to the University of Oregon’s Biology and the Built Environment Center (BioBE). Led by microbiologist Jessica Green and architect GZ Brown and founded with the assistance of a 2010 Sloan Foundation grant, the BioBE Center aims to develop a predictive science of the built environment microbiome by bringing together a multidisciplinary research team of microbiologists, engineers, architects, and building experts. Over the next two years, Center researchers will launch a number of research projects that attempt to expand our understanding of how ventilation, structure, and daylight influence the composition and function of indoor microbial communities. Specific topics to be studied include how antimicrobial compounds influence the indoor microbiome and how that influence is mediated by building design, how restricting exchange with outside air affects community composition indoors, and whether earlier findings suggesting that design influences the microbial dust communities are generalizable across building types. In addition to supporting the Center’s research, additional grant funds support the Center’s training and outreach activities designed to bring new talent into the field and disseminate research results widely among the scholarly community and public.

    To provide renewed support to the Biology and the Built Environment Center

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  • grantee: Colorado School of Mines
    amount: $12,000
    city: Golden, CO
    year: 2015

    To provide partial support for a symposium to recognize the scientific accomplishments of Sloan MoBE grantee Norman Pace

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator John Spear

    To provide partial support for a symposium to recognize the scientific accomplishments of Sloan MoBE grantee Norman Pace

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